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Car Scribbles

Nearly all Creatives have full time jobs and busy lives so it’s hard to find the time to be creative. This becomes a struggle as you think you’re letting yourself down or maybe you weren’t meant to be an artist (insert your creative here). My days are always busy with the 9-5. I often feel as though maybe I don’t want it bad enough or I’d try harder or quit and go freelance…

So I’m trying to make good use of my hour lunch. I spend it in my car in the parking lot. 


The first 15 mins are reading mail, catching up on my social media sites and yes a quick game of candy crush. I then take the next 15 mins and ‘try’ to meditate. Operative word being try, it’s a loud noisy parking lot, I won’t go into to details, you’d thank me đŸ™‚


Then I get myself situated and spend 15 to 20 mins on what I call my #carscribbles sometimes it really is just a scribble other times it looks pretty good. I’ve started trying watercolour too, it’s a bit tough to get angled right in the car & my perspective looks off but it’s still fun.


I know I don’t spend the whole hour but this little bit keeps me sane so when I do have time at home I have #carscribbles in my sketchbooks with lots of ideas to develop. 

You have to keep drawing, regardless of whether it’s good or bad just the actual doing keeps your creative spark alight, it makes everything in this crazy world seem right. Try alotting a few minutes at lunch or make good use of those sticky notes. 

Realism Challenge

Last week during a visit to the local bookshop I found a book by Mark Crilley. I follow Mark in both YouTube and Instagram. He has some great tutorials on YouTube. The book is tutorials on realistic drawings. 

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So I’ve decided to do one a day during my lunch break. It’s good practice for me to keep drawing I get great hints and tips plus I get outside in the fresh air and away from that horrid cubby well it’s really a soul sucking cubby but I’m thinking positive đŸ˜‰

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I have only done 3 so far and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I can’t wait to do more. 

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Yea Baby

As you may or may not know I’ve been playing with sanded pastel paper. It started with Nell the horse and went on to Brown Eye Susan (one of my favourite paintings yet) and I really enjoyed the paper and it’s very rough texture and its ability to take punishment.
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Well, I decided to try a portrait on this paper, from my past paintings I wasn’t sure portraits would work. The paper didn’t seem to lend itself to details. My daughters friend has a real cutie, Desmond. So after sorting through some photos I found one I liked. I started with the sanded paper and started to sketch.

However I really had a hard time blending the skin tones on this paper I kept walking away coming back making changes but ugh! I got to a point where I just had the base colours in and just could’nt get it to work.

So the photo is all that remains. It went out with the trash.
I have a hard time with throwing out art I figure if I keep it I can fix it. So this is a step forward for me, some might not, but it takes a lot to throw away a piece of art that you created.
So, back to the drawing board. This time I used Canson Pastel paper this had always been my go to paper for my pastel work before I started the sanded experiments.
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Much better, although you can see the texture of the paper, which I don’t mind I like the extra depth it gives and the blending for hair (baby fluff) and skin tones was much better. I was very happy with the outcome. I think I captured Desmond and his cute little face.

I also did the marketing thing as well and posted it on my Facebook page and twitter hoping that I can get some commissions for portraits. Part of my ongoing plan is to try and market myself more.

But….

I also do it because I love it! I do enjoy painting people and animals I get such pleasure from seeing the faces come alive on the paper not to mention the faces of the people I do the work for.

Fort Foster

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Every year we make a day trip up to Maine to Ft. Foster. It’s one of the few places where there are no crazy beach dwellers, tourists crowding every spot plus you can bring your dog. Our dog loves to go here, she’s not very fond of the water but having a whole day outside with family is a big deal. Every year we get her into the water a bit more.
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Last summer she freaked out when she saw a lab go in for a swim. Poor thing was beside herself, what would possess a dog to get in that wet stuff. She cried until the lab came out. On the plus side she gave a try at getting in to save the other dog she was so worried about it.
We always stop at subway and get lunches for later. It’s like a family tradition now.
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I think the best part for me is how calm and relaxed I feel near the water. I think it’s because I spent so much time near the ocean growing up. We would spend summers in Jaywick, Clacton and sometimes Brighton.
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Being up on the cliff looking out at the water the warm breeze blowing it always inspires me to get out the sketch book (which I carry everywhere) and make lots of quick sketches of the water, boats and my favourite the rocks. The colours that come off the rocks from the water and the sun is sometimes breathtaking.
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So looking forward to the weather getting warmer so we can head back up to Maine for another day of water sun and relaxing with the sketch book.

Hooky Day

sketch-smallFor the past few days I have been creating a collection of thoughts and ideas as well as some  quickie sketches into my journal. This is something I take everywhere, which means I will never be able to carry a small handbag, yep I am one of those women with a large bag. In my defence it does have a journal, pencils, markers and rubbers (or if in the US an eraser). I also have wandered around taking photos, this is all in prep for my Hooky Day.

Hooky Day you ask?

The big plan, Taking Monday off work, shhh dont tell…I have this really bad headache….which in layman terms means I just wanna create and desperately need a mental health day!

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I could have spent time playing on the weekend, but by the time you finish up the household chores its sunday afternoon.

Got all my stuff, Phone Check, Clicker Check, Laptop Check and a hot cuppa tea, all set have it all next to me, thought I would do some digital stuff using the photos I took and some I already have. I have some great ideas for mashups that I want to use to make tshirt designs. Lion King-Star Wars, DR Who-Labyrinth. Today though I want to combine some photos for a collage.

And here they come, the pets! Between me and the laptop I have 2 cats and behind me on back of chair a medium sized dog that thinks she is a cat. They only want to be next to me when I have plans. I cant draw or use Photoshop well but I cant type around them. So I guess I will let them nap for a bit – maybe I will join them, besides who says you cant nap on a hooky day!

Self portrait

So I’ve been working on a self portrait. Taking photos as I go along. I have to say I’m kinda happy with how it’s looking the only issue I have is they are cheap pastel pencils. Wish I had used the good ones, but i was just playing I didn’t realize how well it would come out its been so long since I’ve really done anything this big.

I will have to post all of the pictures showing progress when completed.

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Finished, well it’s where I want it to be, and I actually am happy with it.
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